Oxford students pay comparatively less in rent

first_imgFigures released by StuRents, a website listing student accommodation prices across the UK, reveal that Oxford students pay 32.63 per cent less for privately rented accommodation when compared to local residents.The analysis looked at 25,572 student properties across the UK, and collated the data to compare whether or not students are paying a premium on housing, when compared to non-student renters. The average cost of privately rented accommodation in Oxford for students is es- timated to be £102.50 per person per week. In comparison, the overall average rent for non-students in equivalent accommodation per week is £152.15. This places Oxford second in StuRents’ ranking of the differences between student and non-student accommodation rent values. The only university city where this dif- ference was greater was Reading. The study also found that there was a regional discrepancy between students who pay a premium for rented accommodation, and those who pay comparatively less. Whilst students renting in several cities in the north of the country, such as Loughborough, Durham, and Lincoln, pay premiums of up to 36.08 per cent, students living in cit- ies in the south of England have discounted accommodation compared to the average cost of renting in these areas. Speaking on these regional discrepancies, Tom Walker, the CEO of StuRents, stated, “Analysis of StuRents’ rental data has unveiled a new side to regional variances in the student housing market, indicating that the crown for the most expensive city on a stu- dent rental basis is by no means clear-cut. Clearly value is relative, so comparing inter-city student rental prices purely on an abso- lute basis is perhaps a little one-dimensional. “The most fascinating outcome of StuRents’ in-house research is that the story of the most expensive student towns, as defined by which towns have the highest average per-person-per-week rent, is incomplete. “In towns and cities where the mainstream rental market suffers from upwards pressure as a result of a burgeoning demand from young professionals and out-of-reach house prices, the student rental sector seems to trade at a discount to the market average. “Conversely, the general consensus in the northern half of England seems to be that students represent a more premium demographic, and rental prices are adjusted upwards to accommodate this.” Councillor Bob Price told Cherwell, “Rents in the private sector in Oxford are amongst the highest in the country and often provide poor value for money for the quality of the accommodation.”“The Council’s licensing policy for HMOs [Housing in Multiple Occupation] has seen significant improvements across the sector, but the lack of housing in the city and the high demand for it is continuing to increase rents and drive growth in the size of the pri- vate rented sector. “High rents are making it increasingly difficult for the Council to acquire accommodation for families accepted as homeless, resulting in a number of referrals out of the city.”last_img read more

Argentine Army Makes Large Drug Seizure

first_imgThe owner of the 260-hectare field, whose name wasn’t made public, doesn’t reside on the property, according to the Army. Argentine Army Soldiers were surprised to find more than 2,000 bales of marijuana wrapped in plastic bags on January 11, shortly after entering a cattle field in the town of Misión Tacaaglé in the Province of Formosa. The Army did not make any immediate arrests. The Military has launched an investigation to determine who owned the marijuana and whether it was trafficked into Argentina, according to Luis Benitez, a federal prosecutor. The Army’s dismantling of the camps occurred three days after it teamed with the Colombian Navy, Air Force and police officers to capture the alleged leader of the FARC’s Fifth Company of the Jacobo Arenas Column. General Luis Fernando Navarro, who leads Task Force Omega, said the FARC, which engages in drug trafficking to finance its terrorist activities, is releasing false information to distract the Army from pursuing the terrorist group in the department. The Colombian National Army on January 14 disputed a claim made by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that the terrorist group killed eight Soldiers during a gun battle during the weekend of January 10-11 in the Department of Meta. Meanwhile, Troops from the Army’s Mobile Brigade No. 26 on January 14 destroyed two FARC camps in the municipality of Montañita, Department of Caquetá, as part of Operation Sword of Honor III. Military officials suspected the FARC’s 15th José Ignacio Mora Front were using the camps. Soldiers disarmed an explosive devise at one of the sites. The Colombian National Army on January 14 disputed a claim made by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that the terrorist group killed eight Soldiers during a gun battle during the weekend of January 10-11 in the Department of Meta. Soldiers were carrying out their normal patrols when they spotted bags filled with marijuana – about 2,600 in all, weighing about 1,500 kilograms. Three loaves were tagged with the letters “EPP,” which stands for the Paraguayan People’s Army, a terrorist group which engages in drug trafficking to finance violent attacks. Meanwhile, Troops from the Army’s Mobile Brigade No. 26 on January 14 destroyed two FARC camps in the municipality of Montañita, Department of Caquetá, as part of Operation Sword of Honor III. Military officials suspected the FARC’s 15th José Ignacio Mora Front were using the camps. Soldiers disarmed an explosive devise at one of the sites. Soldiers were carrying out their normal patrols when they spotted bags filled with marijuana – about 2,600 in all, weighing about 1,500 kilograms. Three loaves were tagged with the letters “EPP,” which stands for the Paraguayan People’s Army, a terrorist group which engages in drug trafficking to finance violent attacks. The Army did not make any immediate arrests. The Military has launched an investigation to determine who owned the marijuana and whether it was trafficked into Argentina, according to Luis Benitez, a federal prosecutor. Argentine Army Soldiers were surprised to find more than 2,000 bales of marijuana wrapped in plastic bags on January 11, shortly after entering a cattle field in the town of Misión Tacaaglé in the Province of Formosa. The Army’s dismantling of the camps occurred three days after it teamed with the Colombian Navy, Air Force and police officers to capture the alleged leader of the FARC’s Fifth Company of the Jacobo Arenas Column. General Luis Fernando Navarro, who leads Task Force Omega, said the FARC, which engages in drug trafficking to finance its terrorist activities, is releasing false information to distract the Army from pursuing the terrorist group in the department. The FARC is lying: Colombian National Army By Dialogo January 15, 2015 The suspect, who has only been identified by his alias of “Oscar,” was caught in possession of “war materials” in the department of Cauca, according to the Ministry of Defense. The FARC is lying: Colombian National Army The tags indicate the EPP may have transported the drugs into neighboring Argentina. Misión Tacaaglé is near the Paraguayan border, and narco-traffickers sometimes use drug trafficking routes in sparsely populated areas. The EPP and other groups transport drugs across the Pilcomayo River into Argentina. The owner of the 260-hectare field, whose name wasn’t made public, doesn’t reside on the property, according to the Army. The tags indicate the EPP may have transported the drugs into neighboring Argentina. Misión Tacaaglé is near the Paraguayan border, and narco-traffickers sometimes use drug trafficking routes in sparsely populated areas. The EPP and other groups transport drugs across the Pilcomayo River into Argentina. The suspect, who has only been identified by his alias of “Oscar,” was caught in possession of “war materials” in the department of Cauca, according to the Ministry of Defense.last_img read more

Dean Skelos Indicted on New Corruption Allegations

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A federal grand jury indicted New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and his son, Adam, on additional allegations of extorting $100,000 from a company that lobbied the lawmaker, authorities said.Dean and his son were indicted Thursday on charges of extortion, conspiracy and soliciting bribes. They were previously arrested and pleaded not guilty to similar charges in Manhattan federal court.The indictment alleged father and son secured “over $100,000 in payments and health benefits from a medical malpractice insurer who provided Adam Skelos with a no-show job while actively lobbying Dean Skelos on legislative matters.”The senator was forced to resign his post as senate majority leader following his arrest, but has no plans to vacate the seat he has held for 31 years. State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) replaced him as senate leader.As the Press has reported, Dean and his son have been accused of using the senator’s influence to help AbTech Industries secure a Nassau County contract in exchange for monthly payments to Adam. They also allegedly solicited bribes from a real estate firm.Aside from the change in senate leadership, the allegations have also sparked Nassau prosecutors to review the county contract procurement process. Two weeks after Skelos’ arrest, County Executive Ed Mangano reportedly issued orders mandating lobbying disclosures on county contracts.The arrest came months after state Assemb. Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) also pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges that forced him to resign his leadership post. The arrests are a part of an ongoing federal investigation into political corruption in the state capital in Albany.last_img read more

Airport trains complete first phase of tests

first_imgINTRO: One of 23 seven-car trains for Hong Kong’s airport line is to be shipped from Germany this monthTEN WEEKS of trials with one of the first trains for Hong Kong MTR Corp’s airport line culminated in a media presentation on July 2 at the Adtranz works in Hennigsdorf near Berlin. The train had previously undergone static tests in Spain following assembly by CAF and is due to be shipped this month to Hong Kong for final trials and commissioning. Other units have already been delivered directly from Spain to Hong Kong.The set on display was one of 12 seven-car units for the Tung Chung line, which will carry commuters from Lantau island into Hong Kong. They form part of an order for 23 trains, the other 11 being Airport Express line sets destined to carry airline passengers when Chek Lap Kok airport opens in the middle of next year.The two types of train have the same performance characteristics with a maximum speed of 135 km/h, although the air-conditioned interiors are quite different. The AEL sets have 64 seats per car with room for 84 standees and plenty of luggage space, but in the high-density TCL cars there are only 48 bench seats, leaving room for 327 passengers to stand. Provision is made for disabled passengers on both designs. The TCL sets have five pairs of double-leaf sliding plug doors on each side, while the AEL trains have two doorways per side.In the Adtranz-led joint venture that won the job to build the trains in 1994 the German company is responsible for the 1·5 kV DC traction package and control equipment, while CAF is supplying aluminium bodyshells, bogies, interiors and auxiliaries. On each of the five power cars all four axles are motored. Self-ventilated three-phase motors with a nominal rating of 265 kW power the axles through a flexible drive.The contract is worth DM437m, of which DM136m is the Adtranz share. Subcontractors include Sepsa, supplier of the fault diagnosis equipment and air-conditioning, SAB-Wabco (brakes), Ikusi (passenger information) and Woodville Polymers (gangways). CAF is supplying doors, with Bode of Germany providing the mechanisms and Bemag of Düsseldorf the door control software. Marconi is providing two driving simulators.According to Project Manager David Barry, the trials have not revealed any serious problems, although some work will be necessary to reduce noise levels. Noise is one of several demanding areas in MTR Corp’s specification: safety, electromagnetic compatibility, ease of maintenance, reliability, and fire protection are others. These are addressed in a ’System Assurance Plan’ that provides for the performance of individual components and the whole train to be monitored and checked continuously during design and commissioning.MTR Corp envisages that as demand rises in the longer term, the AEL trains will be lengthened to 10-car sets and the TCL units to eight cars. o CAPTION: Above and centre: One of 12 seven-car TCL trains destined to carry commuters from Lantau island to Hong Kong has spent 10 weeks undergoing trials on the Adtranz test track at Hennigsdorf Above right: The spartan interior of the TCL trains contrasts with the luxurious seating for airline passengers in the AEL unitslast_img read more